Archive for the ‘Literature’ Category

City of Spies

Published May 7, 2010 by Molly

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With certain cultural products you can tell how much you’re going to love them based only on a few key words from their description. City of Spies is a good example of this phenomenon. Words and phrases mentioned in relationship to the graphic novel include “World War II spy tale”, “intrigue”, “espionage” and “German conspiracy”.

Written by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan and illustrated by Pascal Dizin, the book combines super-precise illustration with shiver-inducing mysteries, historical atmospherics and a cast of amiable, adventure-hungry characters. To be honest, we’re fans of anything that involves the kid detective genre and/or having hunches, so this book is the answer to our most fervent prayers. It doesn’t hurt that the tale has also been likened to a Tintin book directed by Hitchcock. Dream team!


Published April 29, 2010 by Molly

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MANYMONO is a London-based Risograph printing service that produces beautiful prints, books and zines (some of which are for sale at LANDFILL).

What exactly is Risograph printing technology? Well. Risograph Duplicators are machines that look like photocopiers but have a process more simillar to screen-printing. They allow only one color to print on each pass during the machine, and by overprinting various colors an artist can build up compositions as he would by screen printing. Hence the name: MANYMONO= single color runs. Risograph machines are speedy, reliable and heatless. And with the right hands, they produce gorgeous materials like the prints above.

Aeroplanes Exist

Published April 28, 2010 by Molly

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Vijay Khurana’s personal mini-zine Aeroplanes Exist is an offering in the time-honored tradition of personal mini-zines. It is quarter-sized, written on a charmingly jumpy typewriter, and embellished with carefully-chosen images notable for their metaphorical impact and obliquity.

The writing is hard to describe. Little stories, snippets of recalled conversation, fragments of aphorisms, all woven together in a delicate balance. It’s available at Bird in the Hand Zine Shop, and we can think of nothing better to carry in your back pocket.

For Further Information

Published April 27, 2010 by Molly

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For Further Information is a small press based in London that produces some rad experimental book projects. For starters, there’s A Glossary With Some Pieces of Verse, a facsimile of an 1867 book dedicated to documenting an extinct Germanic language called Yola, spoken between the 14th and 19th century by English settlers. A useful addition to the scholarly section of your library, no?

There’s also Stills From AC37, a collection of extracts from a video installation by artist Eleanor Duffin. And The Names‚ our personal favorite, is a compilation of 20,000 spammer aliases collected between 2003 and 2008, and listed alphabetically. Pure genius.

Binky Brown

Published April 26, 2010 by Molly

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“Justin Green—he’s out of his mind,” said R. Crumb.

“I could see that the work came from a permanently damaged brain,” said Kurt Vonnegut.

“Comics wouldn’t be what they are today without this book, and this new edition places it in its proper place in the comics literary canon. Thank God for Binky Brown. And thank God for Justin Green,” said Chris Ware.

If that’s not a triptych of compelling blurbs, we don’t know what is. Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary is Justin Green’s groundbreaking 1972 graphic novel, newly released in a 9″ x 12″ deluxe hardcover edition by McSweeney’s. Regarded as the first cartoonist to pen highly personal autobiographical comics, Green produced a book as tortured and loony as anything you’ve ever seen. Kudos to the publisher for greenlighting this extra-large edition, which brings Green’s work to life in a new way. Don’t skip the introduction by Art Spiegelman, either: it’s a keeper.

Aki Books

Published April 19, 2010 by Molly




The world needs more independent publishers like Aki Books. Named after one of the founders’ dogs, the publisher aims to produce books of art and photography in limited (beautifully designed) editions, as well as zines and posters.

The outfit is pretty new— it was founded in 2009—and we’re eager to see its future output. We’re especially excited for an upcoming project involving a new edition of Robert A. Robinson’s 1958 classic collection of photography Captured by the Norwegians. Sounds rad, no? For now, a person could furnish a very handsome (if tiny) library with books from the Aki catalogue.

Napa Books

Published April 15, 2010 by Molly




Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Is there anything more exciting than discovering a promising small press of exacting standards and prolific output? (That’s a rhetorical question.) Napa Press has been publishing art books and graphic novels and hosting flipbook competitions since 1997, and it’s still going strong. Managed by artist Jenni Rope and a gallery board, the press is rooted in a gallery and shop in the heart of Helsinki and supplements its bound output with limited posters and prints by Napa artists.

The creativity stemming from Napa is astounding and never-ending. There are egg-painting parties, illustration exhibitions, animation DVDs, documentary photo books and so much more. Check out the web shop here, or hey! Why not take a stroll past the gallery in Google maps to round out your conception of it?

Charlie Duck

Published April 13, 2010 by Molly

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Dust & Shadow is an exquisite art book published by Duke Press and crafted by Charlie Duck. Hand-stitched and digitally printed in a numbered edition of 100, the book features aerial views of chateau, drawings of interiors, still lifes and memento mori. “Initially they appear a celebration of wealth and immortality,” the publisher writes, “Yet there is disquiet to these images; an underlying emptiness which is explored and developed in each drawing.”

So much truth in that. Witness also the artist’s blog, which is chock full of sketchbook scans and gallery news and works in progress. Cheers to you, Mr. Duck!

Hannah Waldron

Published April 13, 2010 by Molly



Lately we’ve been digging the work of London-based artist Hannah Waldron for its geometric complexity and beautiful palette. Her blog is a document of her work habits, experiments and obsessions: sea monsters, zoo structures, patternmaking, playing with various inks and design concepts, making silkscreens and drawing gridded rooftop patterns inspired by Berlin and Italian piazzas.

Waldron’s lovely book, Rain Day, was published by Duke Press and sold out in milliseconds, so keep your eyes peeled for the second edition.

n+1 #9

Published April 8, 2010 by Molly

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In an age when the print media appears to be coughing its final loogies into a bloody handkerchief, it is worth paying attention to the few magazines that stick around. For a print publication to do well in this freaky climate is no small feat, and n+1 is not only alive, but practically fist-pumping.

If you’re not familiar with the magazine, it can be summed up as a controversial and whip-smart journal of everything that might matter to the contemporary young man or woman: video games, the internet, sex, zombie novels, avant garde food, narcoterrorism in Mexico, parties in Miami, cave painting, hedge funds, and more. Contributors include WLYS favorite Sam Lipsyte (whom we covered here), Benjamin Kunkel, Juan Villoro and more.

The newest issue is hot off the press, and we recommend nabbing a copy before it sells out!